Pivot Cycles Reviews and News


Are Plus tires and bikes still a thing?


Plus tires and bikes were billed as offering better handling and traction at low psi. But now many riders seem to be moving away from this wider world.

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Pivot Cycles – Interbike 2018


Pivot was one of the busiest booths at Interbike, with about 250-300 bikes going out to riders on each Outdoor Demo day in Northstar. Their indoor booth seemed just as busy.

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Pivot Cycles Mach 5.5 with Fox Live Valve


Chris Cocalis of Pivot Cycles has been working with Fox to help develop and test the system for quite some time. So he is beyond excited to reveal this bike.

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Pivot Firebird 29 first ride review


We got to ride the stunning new Pivot Firebird 29 on Moab’s best trail, The (almost) Whole Enchilada.

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Pivot Firebird 29 released


Finally, a long travel 29er from Pivot with 162mm of rear travel. It’s long, slack and stunning

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Demos galore at Evergreen Mountain Bike Fest


Blessed with dry weather, the annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Fest was showing off some new wrinkles this weekend at Duthie Hill Park east of Seattle.

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Pivot Trail 429 first ride


120/130mm travel has been blended with new geometry to deliver a bike can conquer technical terrain while still providing speed and excitement for even docile, local trails.

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Pivot Switchblade Aluminum launched


Pivot has debuted a more affordable aluminum version of its Switchblade trail bike that brings the same innovative geometry, suspension, and on-trail performance to a wider audience.

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Pivot athlete camp in Arizona


The 2018 season is here and the folks at Pivot are gearing up for another great year of riding, racing, and building great bikes.

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2018 Pivot Phoenix updated


With geo numbers and suspension design that remain spot-on for the World Cup circuit, new colors are the highlight for this competition-ready downhill racing machine.

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Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team signs Swenson, Gomez-Villafañe


The Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis has set themselves up for a successful 2018, doubling its roster and signing with Stan’s NoTubes, Pivot Cycles, and Maxxis Tires through 2020.

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Video: Favorite Day Trip rides


As good as epic mountain bike trips are, the truth is that most of us don’t have entire summers, or winters, available to hop on over to New Zealand, or Whistler, or any other number of fantastical locales.

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Video: Bernard Kerr in Whistler


We all love to hit up Whistler Bike Park now and again, but not many can have a better time hitting trails such as Dirt Merchant and Ninja Cougar than Bernard Kerr.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: In search of perfect 29er trail bike


Mtbr headed to Outerbike Crested Butte to ride eight mid-travel 29er trail bikes. Find out which were our favorites and why.

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Pivot Mach 6 Carbon and Aluminum released


With its new, slacker, 65.75 degree head angle, steep 74 degree seat angle, and Pivot’s long travel, downhill-influenced linkage, the 155mm travel Mach 6 Carbon is specifically designed for enduro racers.

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Maxxis rider Mason Bond in Connected Series


Fluid and playful riding style allows Pivot-Reynolds team rider to jib trail features, roost corners, or set up a photo-of-the-day drift depending on whether he’s racing the clock or styling for the camera.

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2017


Straight from Interbike in Las Vegas, here’s Pivot front man and lead designer Chris Cocalis running through the company’s hottest bikes, starting with a very special 10-year Anniversary Edition Mach 5.5.

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Pivot celebrates 10 with anniversary edition Mach 5.5


To celebrate turning ten, Pivot has released a head turning limited edition version of the Mach 5.5.

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Pivot Shuttle e-bike introduced


We’ve often wondered who would be the first among the boutique brands to offer an e-bike. Our questions have been answered as Chris Cocalis of Pivot designed a very intriguing machine.

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Pivot’s Chris Cocalis talks plus, tire tech, e-bikes, and more


The Pivot front man has a reputation for obsessiveness, attention to fit and finish, and just plain getting it right. It’s put his company front and center among bike cognoscenti.

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Pivot extends warranty on carbon frames to ten years


To celebrate turning ten, Pivot is extending their warranty to ten years.

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2018 Pivot Mach 4 goes Boost


The Mach 4 is one of those bikes that’s difficult to categorize. With 115mm of suspension on tap, it looks the part of an XC race bike, yet it rolls on 27.5” wheels. For 2017, it’s gone boost and received additional updates.

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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon first ride review


The back of this trail bike is the business end with 140mm travel and a speedy Maxxis Rekon 2.6 tire, while the front is the party with 160mm travel and an aggressive Minion DHF.

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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon trail bike


With 140mm of dw-link rear travel and 160mm travel Fox 36 fork enables you to conquer terrain that makes other bikes cower. It’s a bike that inspires you to climb while looking forward to the descents.

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Video: Pivot Phoenix bar, stem, grips


Pivot showed off their new cockpit components designed with a purpose starting with a 35mm handlebar. The bar itself is not stiffer by design but it is lighter than the previous generation.

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Küat Pivot swing out rack carrier


The Kuat Pivot is perfect for those #vanlifers (or any rider) who has a hitch mounted bike rack and wants easy tailgate access.

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Pivot Cycles expands NICA support with Utah sponsorship


The founding sponsor of the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League, has expanded their support of youth racing and is now also a platinum-level sponsor of the Utah High School Cycling League for 2017 and 2018.

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Pivot’s Rupert Chapman rips Christchurch Adventure Park


Need a little Monday distraction? Check out this new edit from Rupert Chapman, the latest addition to the Pivot Factory Racing team. No tricks, no gimmicks, all riding.

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Pivot Phoenix component line debuts


When manufacturers use branded parts on their builds, it usually means they’re trying to hit a price point. Pivot doesn’t play that game.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Trail Bike


As cross-country bikes get slacker and enduro bikes get faster, it’s become increasingly difficult to draw a line between these two segments and good old fashioned trail bikes. After much debate, we finally settled on a definition — and a winner for 2016. Click through to see if you agree with our choices?

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Pivot Firebird


With its comfortable fit and reach, the Firebird is a great big bike option, provided you have a zippier trail alternative for longer days in the saddle.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Pivot Switchblade


The original Switchblade (made by Titus 15 years ago) ticked all the right boxes for a high-end full suspension bike. The new Pivot Switchblade was tops on the Outerbike Test Sessions list for the very same reasons.

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Best of Interbike 2016


Who knows exactly how many products we see during the three-day Interbike trade show. But some just stand out more than others. Here are 20 of our absolute favorites.

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2016


Pivot Cycles long ago earned its title as an award-winning mountain bike manufacturer. But the best never stop evolving. For 2017, Pivot launches several new mountain bike models and updates a few classics.

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2017 Pivot 429 MachSL Carbon first look


The 429 Mach SL is already one of the best XC race bikes on the market, so how did Pivot make it even better?

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2017 Pivot Firebird first look


The previous Pivot Firebird was a little long in the tooth with its ‘short and high’ geometry. But this new version is fully modernized taking in the lessons learned from the success of the Pivot Switchblade.

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Ripping and Whipping with Bernard Kerr


Whether he’s ripping moto or hitting the pump track, Pivot rider Bernard Kerr has an effortless style that makes him incredibly entertaining to watch.

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Fastest bike at Tour Divide: Mike Hall’s Pivot LES 29er


The third time at the Tour Divide proved to be a charm for British endurance racer Mike Hall. Hall took his second victory in the self-supported 2745-mile race that roughly follows the Continental Divide from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Here’s an up close look at the bike that got him there.

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XC racing on the Pivot LES 27.5+ bike


Find out what happens when you take a race ready carbon hardtail and spec it with 27.5×2.8″ tires. (It’s not a bad as you might think.)

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Video: Pivot’s Emilie Siegenthaler has style for miles


This week’s Friday video distraction comes courtesy of Pivot Cycles and pro racer Emilie Siegenthaler. The reigning Swiss national downhill champion has style for miles.

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Pivot Switchblade first look


Pivot launches versatile and capable trail bike with a huge sweet spot. It has the shortest chainstays in the category yet allows the biggest tires — and a front derailleur. But your wheels will need 157mm hubs.

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Pivot LES cross-country bike first look


Race ready fun bike has been revamped, shedding 50 grams, and gaining Shimano Di2 electronic shifting compatibility and 27.5+ capability.

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Eliot Jackson RAW video


Pivot rider Eliot Jackson wanted a clean, raw video of what he enjoyed most about riding. Enjoy the speed, precision and style as Eliot produces his own soundtrack.

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Pivot Cycles Phoenix DH Carbon sheds 300 grams


A lighter frame, increased tire clearance, and improved sizing sets newly refreshed 2016 Pivot Phoenix DH Carbon apart from its predecessor.

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Pivot LES Fat fat bike review


Quite possibly the most versatile fat bike (or even hardtail) on the market today. Find out why in our full review.

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9 Dream Bikes That Will Break Your Budget


Amazing bikes from GT, Marin, Norco, BMC, Intense, Rocky Mountain, Pivot, Scott and Cannondale for the Powerball winning mountain biker.

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Inside Look: Pivot Cycles LES Fat do-it-all fat bike


The 2016 Pivot Cycles LES Fat is one of the most versatile bikes to hit the market this year, fat or otherwise. For a better understanding of all it can do, check out this video to hear Pivot frontman Chris Cocalis explain the pertinent details of this go-anywhere-anytime two-wheeled fun machine.

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2016’s Hottest Fat Bikes – Part 2


Carbon hardtails for big and small budgets, go anywhere adventure bikes and yes, even full suspension. Check out these offerings from Pivot, Cannondale, RSD bikes, Fezzari, Salsa, Durango Bike Company and Surface 604.

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Best new mountain bikes of 2015


The Mtbr staff has ridden everything from electric assist fat bikes to ultra light cross-country whippets this past year. But which ones made our Best of 2015 list?

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Video: Pivot Cycle’s Eliot Jackson – Off Season


Pivot Cycle’s Eliot Jackson knows how to rip on both mountain bikes and dirt bikes. How does he train during the “off” season? By riding plenty of moto.

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